Château Pavie-Decesse 2017

Bordeaux
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Awaiting Release

95-96 Points - James Suckling

This is very compacted and tight with firm and silky tannins. A focused and intense center palate with excellent dark fruit and a long finish. Tightly wound.

15.5 Points - Julia Harding MW (JancisRobinson.com)

Black, like elderberry juice. Very low yields of small berries. Smoky, charry oak intertwined with intense black fruit. Salty and mouth-watering on the palate. Very compressed and compact and hard work right now, needs lots of time. Tannins are tough and the whole is too aggressive for my taste but perhaps with time…

Decanter

Score: 93

From 3ha located just below La Mondotte on the higher part of the plateau, there was no frost at this estate (although they managed to select it down to 14hl/ha), and it's showing extremely well. This is a big wine, and there's no question that those shoulders are ripe for carrying - a linear conductor of minerality. It's silky and persistent, with plenty of punch to the liquorice and dark chocolate. Those low yields come from careful selection, and I would have loved to taste this with just slightly higher yields and a touch more juice, but that's quibbling. No second wine here.

Decanter

James Suckling

Score: 95-96

This is very compacted and tight with firm and silky tannins. A focused and intense center palate with excellent dark fruit and a long finish. Tightly wound.

James Suckling

Jeb Dunnuck

Score: 94-96

From a terroir located just above Pavie, the 2017 Château Pavie Decesse reveals a glass-staining purple color to go with full-bodied aromas and flavors of black raspberries, cassis, liquid violets, and hints of oak. Powerful yet elegant, with building minerality that develops with time in the glass, it stays tight and focused on the palate but has a blockbuster finish. It’s another wine from the Perse family that will check in near the top of the vintage.

Jeb Dunnuck

Julia Harding MW

Score: 15.5

Black, like elderberry juice. Very low yields of small berries. Smoky, charry oak intertwined with intense black fruit. Salty and mouth-watering on the palate. Very compressed and compact and hard work right now, needs lots of time. Tannins are tough and the whole is too aggressive for my taste but perhaps with time…

Julia Harding MW

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 95-97

There was no frost in this vineyard in 2017, due to its elevation. One-hundred percent of the fruit comes from the limestone plateau. Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and sporting a very deep purple-black color, the 2017 Pavie Decesse has a drop-dead gorgeous nose of crushed blackcurrants, red roses, black plums and blueberries with touches of tapenade, cigar box and wood smoke plus a hint of cast iron pan. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and incredibly structured with grainy tannins and a lively line supporting the tightly wound fruit, finishing on a lingering mineral note.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown